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18 September 2017


Year 10 Kings’ student Bettine Harris and her crew Sam ended the summer holidays on a high when they won the Cadet Nationals in Abersoch in Wales. It was a week of tricky wind conditions, but Bettine and Sam skilfully sailed a very consistent series of races to be crowned National Champions, which has earned Bettine an invitation to the historic champion of champions race for the Endeavour Trophy this October. Earlier in the summer the pair represented Great Britain at the Cadet World Championships in Holland where they finished 13th overall and the second Under 15. This was a big event and teams came from all over the world to race each other, including Argentina, Australia, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, as well as Germany, Holland, Belgium and Spain. Year 10 student...

18 September 2017


Two Kings' students had a unique and exceptional experience during the summer holidays that they will never forget. Well done to Sophie (Year 13) and Matt Chillingworth (Year 11) who took part in a sponsored swim as "Team Ichthyosaur" in a relay across the English Channel with four other swimmers from Street & District Swimming Club. Named after a Jurassic marine reptile found in Street which the swimming club has as its logo, the team were raising funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation in one of the most challenging open water swimming feats. Sophie and Matt and the "Ichthyosaurs" began training early and braved the chilly waters from March onwards, so by July, the water felt warmer (to them!). Following their guide boat, they set off from the Cliffs of Dover France-bound...

15 September 2017


Last Thursday (14 September 2017) there were celebrations afoot at the Kings of Wessex Academy to start the new term with the 41st Annual Awards evening to celebrate the academic year 2016-2017. The packed audience of student award winners, parents, staff, governors, and friends of Kings, including local MP James Heappey, clapped and smiled as over 300 awards were presented for academic high achievement at GCSE, AS Level, and A Level; as well as Subject, Star and Tutor Awards; Outstanding Progress from Key Stage 2 to 4; 100% attendance and Work Experience placements. Over 50 awards were Special Awards for contribution to the life of Kings, many of which are legacies from friends of the Academy, including the Andy Hitt Geography Award, remembering the former Teacher of Geography...

07 September 2017


The waiting was over at the end of last term for Year 9 artists at Kings to find out who had won the 2017 Rotary Young Artist Competition. Students were tasked with creating their best design on the theme of "Composition" in four categories: Art Drawing and Painting; Photography, both with a local or Somerset connection; Textiles on the theme of Vintage; and Still Life Painting. Sponsored by chartered accountants Four Fifty Partnership, the award ceremony was held in July at the Strawberry Inn, Draycott when the winners were announced and presented with voucher prizes. Well done to the following students for their beautiful artwork: Art Drawing and Painting: Bettine Harris (First), Marishelle Harris (Second) and Samantha Penfold-Garrett (Commended); Photography:...

25 July 2017


Time can be restless in anticipation. This was never more so than on the day of Friday 14 July 2017, when 50 students from Years 9 and 10 eagerly awaited their ‘Rewards Afternoon’, which recognised those students who had made a notable contribution to the school throughout the year and also demonstrated excellent behaviour and attendance. The event was organised by the respective Heads of Year, Mrs Gray and Mr James, and it was with great consideration and deliberation that students were selected for this special occasion that was to be cherished by all who attended. The enthusiastic consumption of barbecue hot dogs got proceedings underway on the school field. Many leisure activities then followed: dustbin bag fashion creation; board games that entertained and...